XXII Festa of inter-religious dialogue

The days of the uprising. War, revolution and liberation

The XXII Tertio Millennio Film Fest (TMFF), the festival of the interreligious dialogue, was held in Rome from 11th to 15th December 2018 at the Trevi Cinema (Vicolo del Puttarello, 25) and at the Vatican Film Library (Palazzo San Carlo – Vatican City). This year’s theme: The days of the uprising. War, revolution and liberation.

An amazing film schedule, all unreleased films in Italy, from all five continents. Nine films in competition (among which three world premieres, three international, two European and one Italian premiere), ten first and second works, three film showing events in the Vatican City, two great authors for the opening and the closing of the festival: Shinya Tsukamoto and Olivier Assayas, with their last works, Zan and Non fiction (the first has not been distributed yet) and also a gem that seems like an unpublished work: the almost invisible The Crush, directed by Ermanno Olmi.

Fiction and documentaries, auteur films and high-level films. They tell about forms of resistance in a tough period (Mother Fortress and In the Claws of a Century Wanting), redemption opportunities (A Bluebird in My Heart, Doubtful and Kairos), existential and moral crisis (Dayan), difficult cohabitation (Heaven Without People), education experiences which were troubled (Lysis) or even tragically failed (Fatwa).

Special events, such as Burning Bush by Agnieszka Holland, with the Polish director holding a masterclass between cinema and history about the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring and the figure of Jan Palach; or like the evening dedicated to Sergio Leone, who will be the subject of several celebrations next year for the 90th anniversary of his birth and the 30th anniversary of his death. We will show the Italian preview of the Spanish documentary Sad Hill Unearthed, set in the locations of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with interviews to Ennio Morricone, Clint Eastwood, Joe Dante. Carlo Verdone will commemorate him for us.

Moreover, meetings that start from the film and get to current events: at the Vatican Film Library, the documentary Alganesh, by Lia and Marianna Beltrami, about the Italian-Eritrean Alganesh Fessaha, 62 years old, who decided to devote her life to save migrants: Alganesh went save them where nobody goes, in the Libyan detention centres, and took them to the only African country – Ethiopia – which welcomes those who are never welcomed by anybody. Alganesh will be present during the meeting. Il fattore umano, lo spirito del lavoro, by Giacomo Gatti, a journey between fifteen Italian excellences, different from each other for history and sector and territory, but linked together by an invisible thread, the thread of responsibility, because business is not only profit, but also development, culture, creativity; Il mondo addosso, by Costanza Quatriglio, premiered ten years ago during the Tertio Millennio Film Fest and which represents the human and creative experience behind her latest beautiful film, Just like my son.

Costanza Quatriglio is also president of the jury for the contest Noi ci siamo – Giovani, voglia di partecipazione e ricerca di senso, a contest for short films promoted by Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo in cooperation with the religious communities involved in the Tertio Millennio Film Fest. From this year, the family has expanded: U.CO.I.I., UCEI, the orthodox and Georgian Church. Together with them and our old friends we have built up this festival walking side by side, while sharing values, intuitions and passions. The uprising has started. Small, silent, hidden. Like a seed of hope.

Dialogue is not a state of things, it is a process. You never know where it will bring you, but you know that it will always push you towards the Others. Like good films do.



List of films

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